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Kodak EasyShare C143

12-megapixel digital camera with 3X optical zoom

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by Meredith Krebs
Kodak

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

Kodak EasyShare

You remember capturing that amazing picture of the kids at last — the one where everyone was smiling, no one was fighting, and everyone was clean. But when you finally have a chance to upload it to Facebook® to share with family and friends, you can't find it. Is it still on your SD card along with the hundreds of vacation photos you have stored there? Or maybe you moved it onto to your PC's hard drive, nestled somewhere in one of your picture folders?

Snap. Organize. Share.
There's a much simpler way to organize your photos: let Kodak's C143 takes over that task for you. With its handy face recognition feature, this camera can organize photos of up to 20 people by name so you can find the pictures again later. Plus, with just the touch of a button, you can tag your favorites for uploading to your favorites to Facebook, Flickr, and Kodak Gallery. The next time you connect the camera to your PC, your images are automatically posted to the galleries you choose.

The smart thinking doesn't stop there. Smart Capture analyzes the scene when you're framing your shots and quickly adjusts to one of the camera's many settings (like Sunset or Portrait) automatically.

The camera has 32MB internal memory, which will hold just a few photos, so you'll need to add SD or SDHC memory cards to store your photos and videos.

So go ahead and snap, organize and share. It's just that easy.

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Highlights:

  • 12-megapixel effective recording
  • 3X optical zoom (5X digital/15X total zoom)
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 32-96mm
  • Share button lets you tag pictures for easy uploading
  • 16:9 widescreen photo mode
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen
  • movie mode with audio (640 x 480 at 30 frames per second)
  • face detection automatically sets focus and other camera settings for better portraits
  • face recognition feature lets you organize portraits by the subject's name
  • blur reduction identifies subject movement and sets sensitivity to reduce blur
  • compatible with PictBridge-enabled printers
  • high-speed USB interface
  • 32MB internal memory
  • accepts SD or SDHC memory cards
  • 3-11/16"W x 2-9/16"H x 1-1/4"D
  • weight: 6.1 oz. (with battery and media)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • "AA" batteries
  • USB cable
  • wrist strap

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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2.7"
Adjustable-angle LCD
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Wi-Fi
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No
Touchscreen
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No
Waterproof
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No
GPS-enabled
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No
Lens 35mm Equivalent
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32-96mm
Optical Zoom
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3x
Digital Zoom
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5x
Filter Diameter
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N/A
Manual Focusing
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No
Manual Exposure
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No
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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No
Memory
Internal Memory
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32MB
Memory Media
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SD/SDHC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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1.2e+007
Total Megapixels
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1.25e+007
Image Stabilization
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None
Highest Resolution
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4000 × 3000
HD Video Recording
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No
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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3-11/16
Height (inches)
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2-9/16
Depth (inches)
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1-1/4
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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6.1
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Digital camera (blue)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Wrist strap
  • 39" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a proprietary USB connector on the other end)
  • User Guide (En/Sp/Fr/Port)
  • Warranty/Safety Instructions sheet
  • Share button feature card

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Features
Supplied Software

Features

LCD Monitor: The Kodak EasyShare C143 has a bright 2.7" LCD monitor featuring approximately 230,000 dots for framing your shots and viewing your recorded images. The camera has no separate optical viewfinder. There are three LCD Monitor settings: Auto, High Power and Power Save.

Face Detection Technology: The C143 features face detection technology which automatically locates faces and adjusts the camera settings for optimum shots of family and friends.

Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with approximately 12.5-million total pixels and 12-million effective pixels.

Recording Media: The C143 has a built-in internal 32MB memory. Only approximately 19 MB is available for recording still or moving images (with mono audio). The camera can also record on optional SD or SDHC Memory Cards with a capacity of up to 32GB. When the Image Storage setting is Auto, the camera stores images on an SD card if one is inserted. If not, the image is stored in the internal memory. The Internal Memory setting always stores the image on the internal memory, even if a card is installed.

Image Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG (Exif 2.21), while movies are recorded in AVI format (CODEC: Motion JPEG, Audio: μ-Law).

Still Image Resolution/Aspect Ratio: The C143 can record pictures in three aspect ratios: 4:3 (default), 3:2 (best choice for 4x6 prints), and 16:9 (best choice for viewing on an HDTV). You can choose from the following still image resolutions in each aspect ratio:

Aspect Ratio Picture Size/Resolution
4:3 12 MP: 4000 x 3000
6 MP: 2880 x 2160
3 MP: 2048 x 1536
1 MP: 1280 x 960
3:2 10 MP: 4000 x 2664
16:9

9 MP: 4000 x 2248
2 MP: 1920 x 1080

Video Capture: The C143 can record video at VGA resolution (640 x 480 @ 30 fps). Maximum file size for Standard Definition video is 4 GB.

Optics: The camera features an f/2.9-f/5.2 3x Optical Zoom Lens. Combined with the 5x digital zoom, the telephoto capabilities are extended to a total zoom of approximately 15x. The lens has a focal length of 32-96mm (35mm equivalent).

Focus/Exposure Zone: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens) automatic focusing and exposure with selectable focus areas:

  • Face Priority: If faces are detected, they receive focus and exposure priority. If no faces are detected, the camera automatically switches to Multi-Zone.
  • Multi-Zone: Evaluates 5 zones to give an even picture focus. Ideal for general picture taking.
  • Center-Zone: Evaluates the small area centered in the lens. Ideal when you need precise focus.

AF Control: You can choose from the following AF settings:

  • Single AF: Focuses only when the shutter button is pressed halfway down.
  • Continuous AF: The camera is always focusing, eliminating the need to press the shutter button halfway down to focus. This method uses more battery power.

Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges:

  • Normal AF:
    • 0.3' to infinity (W)
    • 1.1' to infinity (T)
  • Macro Mode:
    • 3.9"-31.5" (W)
    • 13.8' to 39.4' (T)

Shooting Modes: The C143 has a Mode button on the top of the camera for selecting the following shooting modes:

  • Smart Capture: Kodak's innovative Smart Capture feature automatically adjusts camera settings for great pictures in just about any environment. Smart Capture utilizes intelligent scene detection, capture control (exposure, focus, ISO), and image processing.
  • Program: For advanced picture taking, you're allowed more access to manual settings than Smart Capture.
  • Video: For capturing video with sound.
  • Scene: Point-and-shoot simplicity when taking pictures in the following situations: Portrait, Sport, Landscape, High ISO, Close-up, Flower, Sunset, Backlight, Candle light, Children, Manner/Museum, Text, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Self-portrait, Night portrait, Night Landscape, Blur Reduction, Panorama L-R or R-L, and Panning Shot.

Flash Modes: The C143 has a built-in flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Fill (flash always fires), Red Eye (pre-flash fires before the main flash to reduce red eye phenomenon) or Off (flash doesn't fire). The flash has a working range (@ ISO 400) of 1' to 13.1' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 6.6' in Telephoto.

Note: In addition to Red Eye flash mode, the camera can be set to digitally correct red eye without the pre-flash firing.

Color Modes: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by selecting one of the following Color Mode effects: Vivid Color, Full Color, Basic Color, Black & White, or Sepia.

Burst Shooting: When the Burst Mode is selected, you can take up to 3 pictures in quick succession (about 1.5 frames per second) while the shutter button is held down. The focus and exposure are set with the first picture.

Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings (available in Program and Panorama modes):

  • Auto: the camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions

  • Daylight: for recording in natural outdoor lighting

  • Tungsten: corrects the orange cast of incandescent light bulbs.

  • Fluorescent: corrects the green cast of fluorescent lighting.

  • Open Shade: for pictures in shade of natural lighting

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set to 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, or Auto (80-400).

Self-Timer: The self-timer starts when the shutter button is pressed. The delay time can be set to 10 seconds (so you have time to get into the scene), 2 seconds (for a steady shutter release on a tripod), or 2 Picture Timer. In the 2 Picture Timer mode, the first picture is taken after a 10-second delay, and the second picture is taken 8 seconds later.

Long Time Exposure: You can choose how long the shutter stays open, normally in low-light conditions. It is recommended that a tripod be used for long exposures. You can choose from the following long exposure times: 0.5, 1, 2, 4, or 8 seconds.

Multimedia Slide Show: You can create a multimedia slide show to display your pictures and videos on the LCD. You can select which pictures/videos to show, or show them all. You can also customize the slide show with music and your choice of transitions. Slide shows can be saved for later replay if you desire.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture, you can magnify the image up to 8x. You can also pan around the zoomed image to view a particular portion of the picture.

Share Button: Using the Share button on the back of the camera, you can automatically send your pictures to social networking websites, such as flickr, facebook, Kodak Gallery, or YouTube. Pictures can also be sent to individual e-mail address or Kodak Pulse Wireless Picture Frames.

Tagging Images: The C143 lets you "tag" your photos to make them easy to find later. Pictures can be tagged using keywords (birthday, vacation) or person's names. The camera can learn to recognize people by name when face technology is used and names and faces are matched.

Printing Images: The C143 is compatible with PictBridge technology, allowing you to print directly to a PictBridge enabled printer via USB cable. When printing, you can select one of the following options:

  • Current Picture: You can select the picture you want to print, then choose the number of copies.
  • Tagged Picture: You can print pictures that are tagged for printing, and choose a print size.
  • Index Print: You can print thumbnails of all pictures, and, if the printer is capable, select a print size.
  • All Pictures: You can print all pictures in the internal memory or on a card, then choose the number of copies.
  • Image Storage: Lets you access Auto or Internal Memory.

Power Requirements: The Kodak EasyShare C143 is powered by two "AA" alkaline batteries (supplied). The camera can also use AA Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable or AA Lithium batteries. Fully charged alkaline batteries have enough power for approximately 180 pictures.

Supplied Software

EasyShare Software: The C143's software must be downloaded from the internet. When you connect your camera to your computer, and the computer is online, the Kodak Software Downloader automatically runs. The software is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. With the software, you can do the following:

  • Organize your pictures with your own tags and star ratings, then use the search feature to quickly find any picture in your collection.
  • Edit your pictures with ease--select from a variety of simple tools that reduce red-eye, improve lighting, remove wrinkles and blemishes, and add text.
  • Create photo projects online or at home-choose from hundreds of templates and designs to create album pages, cards, invitations and much more.
  • Share your photos and videos with family and friends at Kodak Gallery, flickr, facebook, or YouTube. You can also share pictures via e-mail or Kodak Pulse digital photo frames.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Operating System:
    • Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or later
      • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
    • Macintosh OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 or higher
  • Hardware:
    • Pentium 4 1.4 GHz processor or higher
    • 1 GB RAM and 64 MB video RAM
    • 300 MB hard drive disk space available
    • CD-ROM drive
    • Available USB port (USB v1.1 or higher)
    • 1024 x 768 display resolution
 
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5 out of 5

Kodak EasyShare C143

Written By John, St. Petersburg, FL. on Sunday, October 02, 2011
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This camera is the best value for it's group and is very easy to use.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

not worth it

Written By quiet one, Arizona on Saturday, September 17, 2011
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Camera is probably easy to use. I just have not used it because I don't like the chirping noise the camera emits (normal, according to Kodak). Camera is just sitting there and I'm not willing to use it. No more Kodak cameras for me.
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4 out of 5

Great little camera

Written By JimC, The Villages, Florida on Friday, September 16, 2011
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Easy to use, great picture for a quick shot and worth the price.
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5 out of 5

great for people with minimum "camera skills"

Written By tall haole, scottsdale az on Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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great for us and a terrific price
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Worth every penny.

Written By Tom, Sylvia Ks. on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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We got this camera for our 15 year old daughter for christmas. We got a case and memory card as well. Our daughters eyes lit up when she saw it and they have been bright with approval ever since. When I was finally able to wheedle it away from her for a bit I took my turn with it. The bright metalic blue color makes it a joy to look at. The camera feels nice in my hand. It has some weight but not too much. the menu is straight forward and easy to navigate. The pictures come out bright and crisp. Lots of features. More than I really expected for the price. We kind of waited until the last minute to get it (the week before christmas) but it arrived in plenty of time to get it wrapped and put under the tree. It is everything Crutchfield said it would be. I wish everyone had customer service as good as Cruthfield. I have quite an extensive wish list and I will be getting it all from Crutchfield.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good Basic Phone

Written By DS, Hburg PA on Sunday, January 30, 2011
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Simple to use entry level point and shoot camera. I bought this camera as a gift for my
Dad who isn't as tech savy as he used to be. So far so good
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5 out of 5

Kodak EasyShare C143

Written By HappyBuyer, Alexandria, VA on Sunday, January 30, 2011
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I purchased this camera for my little cousin. She loves it and has found it very easy to
use. The camera arrived really quickly too which was a plus!
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5 out of 5

Outstanding Customer Service

Written By Ann H., Monroe, MI on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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I purchased a Kodak Easy Share camera for Christmas and had some minor problems
with it shortly after the holidays. Crutchfield's outstanding Customer Service team
couldn't have been better. They did not quesstion anything only to say that another
camera would
be sent out immediately. I will recommend Crutchfield to everyone who is looking for a
great website for any electronic's in need.

Thank you very much for your outstanding customer service.
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4 out of 5

Kodak EasyShare C143

Written By jerry h, blaine, mn on Monday, January 24, 2011
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good product for the money, good shipping, works great.
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3 out of 5

Battery bummer

Written By JustRick, Earth on Monday, January 24, 2011
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I should have read the description more closely, as I didn't realize the camera
relied on AA batteries. That's my bad. But Kodak's bad is that whenever you
remove the batteries (or just open the battery door to access the memory card),
the camera forgets the date and time, forcing you to reset them. Huge hassle,
and one reason I wouldn't recommend this camera.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kodak EasyShare C143

Written By Anonymous, trulyblessedby3 Santa Rita, Guam on Friday, January 21, 2011
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I bought this camera for my daugther (9) for Christmas and she loved it. It takes very
clear pictures and easy to use. The Kodak batteries that came with the camera lasted
less than a day. I purchased the digital batteries and it worked great. My Crutchfield
representative was very patient, attentive and informative. Unfortunately my daughter
took it on a trip to Japan and left it on a tour bus and no one turned it in. I only regret we
didn't download her pics, they were great!
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4 out of 5

Kodak EasyShare C143

Written By Anonymous, Harrisonburg,VA on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Great camera for the money, easy to operate, good pictures
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2 out of 5

Eats batteries

Written By Robert S, Los Angeles, CA on Friday, December 24, 2010
 
It would be a good entry level camera, if it worked with all batteries as
advertised. But the camera REQUIRES you to buy expensive Li Ion, or buy Kodak
rechargeable batteries for consistent use.

I bought this camera for my daughter. Based on Kodak's specifications, I planned
to use alkaline batteries. Both the package (see item description) and the
manual state any type of "AA" battery can be used - what it does not tell you
is that even alkaline batteries give you fewer than 50 shots. If you use the
zoom, you may get 30. Oh, and sometimes the camera refuses to turn on with
alkaline batteries.

If you call Kodak for help, they insist you buy Li Ion or rechargeable
batteries. They also now discourage any other type of battery, citing the camera
was not designed to use regular or alkaline batteries. Really?! Why not
mention this on the package?

Too late to return the camera, now I had to shell out $$ to upgrade the camera
batteries. I could have bought a much better camera (with included battery)
for the same price of this Kodak AND the "optional" rechargeable batteries. I
wish I had...but I fell for the cheap base price.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kodak EasyShare C143

Written By Jose S., Petaluma, Ca. on Friday, December 24, 2010
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Great camera, awesome price, excellent customer service. Thanks Crutchfield!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

No rechargeable battery pack???

Written By John, Brevard, NC on Tuesday, December 21, 2010
 
Great camera but doesn't come with a rechargeable battery like most other
cameras in this price range. Inexpensive batteries will not even power this
camera on so plan on buying rechargeable ones or just get a camera that comes
with a lithium ion battery and it will stay charged for weeks.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

It works great

Written By Al. S., Philly, PA on Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Replacing an older model that is somewhat larger and has fewer features,
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very Pleased

Written By Dick, Lincoln, CA on Monday, November 22, 2010
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Haven't really used the camera except to make sure it was working but I have little doubt
that it will meet my needs.
The buying experience was flawless, the price was great, the shipping free and timely.
I will look to Crutchfield for future purchases.
9 out of 13 people found this helpful
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